AntithesiS… Latin for the exact opposite… this wine is the antithesis of an ordinary wine. My dedication to the quality level of this wine coupled with the timing of specific fermentations and unique fermentation techniques are crucial elements required for the production of Antithesis. With that said, there will be years when Antithesis is not produced therefore further limiting its availability and increasing its level of rare collectability. This is NOT classically produced wine! It is a result of a technique which I coined “reverse saigner” as its juice was not only bled before fermentation to increase the skin to juice ratio, but additional skins were added toward the end of fermentation to further increase the skin to juice ratio thus creating a very lush, round, extracted, and structured wine. This wine exudes power and plush elegance the moment it graces your palate. Its round and lush texture wraps around a core of ripe red and blue fruit and sturdy structure. Layered with ripe blackberry, red plum, creamy cocoa, and sweet vanilla on the palate, super fine grain tannins bring the experience to a lengthy, broad finish. Grown in the heart of Napa Valley, this proprietary fermentation process and blend consists of a selection of my finest lots and was sorted FOUR times down to the berry, fermented in small open top fermenters, and matured in my finest selection of 100% new French oak barrels for 22 months.
Only 75 cases are produced annually.